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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. newspaper columnist Pauline Phillips has died after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, her publicist said. She was 94.

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'Dear Abby' says 'Going Crazy' is now fine

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- "Dear Abby" says she has heard again from "Going Crazy In San Diego," a new mom afraid she might hurt her baby, and the woman is now "Not Going Crazy."

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Fireworks honor Ann Landers

CHICAGO, July 3 (UPI) -- The city of Chicago will honor the late advice columnist Ann Landers, dedicating its annual Independence Day fireworks to her Thursday night.

Sister of advice columnists dies

OMAHA, June 23 (UPI) -- Helen Brodkey, the sister of advice columnists Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers, died at the age of 92, in Omaha.

'Dear Abby' diagnosed with Alzheimer's

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Barely a month after the death of her twin sister, advice columnist Pauline Phillips, better known as "Dear Abby," has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Universal Press Syndicate said Wednesday.
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Ann Landers
Former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite shares a laugh with columnist Ann Landers during a roast for Cronkite at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on May 7, 1986. (UPI Photo/Doug Mills/Files)

Ann Landers was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Eppie Lederer in 1955. For 56 years, the Ask Ann Landers syndicated advice column was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America. Due to this popularity, 'Ann Landers', though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon.

The creator of the 'Ann Landers' pseudonym was Ruth Crowley, a Chicago nurse who had been writing a child-care column for the Sun since 1941. She chose the pseudonym at random — borrowing the surname 'Landers' from a family friend — in order to prevent confusion between her two columns. Unlike Lederer, Crowley kept her identity as Landers secret, even enjoining her children to help her keep it quiet. Crowley took a three-year break from writing the column from 1948 until 1951. After 1951 she continued the column for the Chicago Sun-Times and in syndication (since 1951) to 26 other newspapers until her death, aged 48, on July 20, 1955. Crowley spent a total of nine years writing advice as 'Ann Landers'.

In the three-month period after Crowley’s death, various writers, including Connie Chancellor, took over the column.

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